May Day in Italy: An Ancient Festival of Flowers & Song

The ancient springtime festivity known as May Day marks a period traditionally associated with flowers, abundance, and rebirth. Its observance includes colorful and merry singing rites, in particular troupes of flower-adorned musicians who frolic about country villages and sing auspicious, entertaining songs in exchange for offerings of eggs, wine, cakes and other sweets. Similar to […]

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Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista 2015

Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista

In honour of Florence’s patron saint St John the Baptist – San Giovanni Battista – is the annual Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista. The Florence festival runs from Saturday, 13th until Wednesday, 24th June – culminating on the the feast day of St John the Baptist. Combining Art, Music, Spirituality, Community and Learning, this […]

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Calcio Storico: Florence’s toughest footballers… in those trousers?!

  Florence is getting ready for the latest series of Calcio Storico (also known as Calcio Fiorentino), a unique sport which originated in Tuscany in the 1500s. ‘Calcio’ translates to both ‘kick’ and also to ‘football/soccer’ in Italian, thus ‘Calcio Storico’ can be translated as ‘Historical Football/Soccer’. However, this unique Italian sport is more like […]

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